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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry in Minneapolis,MN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1062064 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
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2 days ago

$7,408/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Eagleville, PA
    • 4x12 hrs
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2 days ago

$4,872/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Orange, CA
    • 4x10 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Psychiatric Registered Nurses (RN) provide care for patients with mental illness or disability. The nurses in this role are registered nurses with additional skills to work with di ...
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$4,064/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Concord, NC
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$3,980/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Concord, NC
    • 3x12 hrs
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$3,512/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health

  • Fort Wayne, IN
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
4 days ago

$3,462/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Burlington, VT
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
3 days ago

$3,440/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Arlington Height, IL
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
5 days ago

$3,380/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Baltimore, MD
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Flexible
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
3 days ago

$2,870/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Council Bluffs, IA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Evenings
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
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5 days ago

$2,760/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Portland, ME
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
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2 days ago

$2,685/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Falls Church, VA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
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5 days ago

$2,685/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Falls Church, VA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
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5 days ago

$2,685/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Rapid City, SD
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
We are looking for Psychiatric Registered Nurses to join our team in Rapid City, South Dakota!  If you are unable to start on the designated Start Date, please apply and discuss y ...
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9 days ago

$2,683/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Utica, NY
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
RN Psychiatric 13 Weeks Bestica Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RN Psychiatric in Utica, NY. This is a 13-week contract position that requi ...
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2 days ago

$2,669/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Carroll, IA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
Travel
2 days ago

$2,669/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Rochester, NY
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Flexible
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse must have 2+ years of recent experience in particular specialtyRequires 2+ years RN Experience
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5 days ago

$2,500/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Fremont, NE
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
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5 days ago

$2,484/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Augusta, ME
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
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4 days ago

$2,484/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Fremont, NE
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
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9 days ago

$2,484/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Fremont, NE
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
9 days ago

$2,484/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health

  • Alpena, MI
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
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11 days ago

$2,417/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health

  • Davenport, IA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Flexible
Travel
3 days ago

$2,412/wk

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Travel Nurse RN - Behavioral Health

  • Davenport, IA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days, Evenings, Nights, Flexible
Travel
3 days ago

$2,412/wk

Travel Behavioral Health Nurse FAQs

How Much Do Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs Pay?

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  • min - $777
  • avg - $2,147
  • max - $7,408

What are the best agencies for Behavioral Health Nurse jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Behavioral Health Nurse jobs are Host Healthcare (91), TotalMed Staffing (82), and American Mobile Healthcare (71).

What is a Behavioral Health Nurse?

Behavioral health nurses are registered nurses who specialize in caring for patients with psychological and behavioral disorders. The terms behavioral health and mental health are often used interchangeably and the duties, patient populations, and work settings of a behavioral health nurse frequently overlap with those of a mental health or psychiatric nurse. Although it can be a stressful career path, behavioral health nursing can be very rewarding for those wanting to help patients suffering from mental illness and seeking an in-demand specialty with numerous opportunities.

What does a behavioral health nurse do?

Many patients may have multiple diagnoses that involve both behavioral disorders and mental illnesses, and the duties of behavioral health nurses vary based on their patient population and work setting. Behavioral disorders and/or mental health illnesses a behavioral health nurse may encounter include substance use disorders, eating disorders, self-injury, addictive behaviors, anxiety or panic disorders, personality disorders, trauma-related disorders like PTSD, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, phobias, and mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder. Some general duties may include:

  • Completing behavioral assessments

  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of acute/chronic mental illness 

  • Participating in the development of treatment plans

  • Evaluating patients’ responses to treatment, interventions, or coping mechanisms

  • Delivering nursing care based on patients’ specific clinical needs

  • Applying pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of care

  • Notifying physicians of changes in condition

  • Continuously monitoring patients and surrounding environments for safety

  • Documenting care provided in patient records

  • Educating patients and their families based on assessed needs

Duties involving behavioral interventions may include:

  • Assessing patients’ appearance, mood, and behaviors

  • Identifying and responding to inappropriate/abnormal behavior

  • Encouraging stress/anxiety reduction and relaxation techniques

  • Assisting patients with self-control of behavior

  • Helping patients to develop/use coping methods and other behavioral strategies

  • Initiating early interventions and aid in preventing negative behaviors or violent outbursts

  • Recognizing behavioral changes and implementing measures to manage symptoms/reduce stressors

  • Maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment

Duties for behavioral health nurses treating patients with substance abuse and other dependencies may include providing care for substance abuse withdrawal, overdose, or adverse drug reactions. They may also determine when there’s a need for medical hospitalization due to acute withdrawal symptoms. Other tasks may include:

  • Assessing patients’ reactions to diagnoses/treatments of substance abuse

  • Assessing patients for alcohol/drug-related dependencies, withdrawal, or toxicities

  • Providing care/support for non-substance dependencies, such as sexual or gambling addictions

  • Evaluating patients’ responses to treatment plans and revising as necessary

  • Encouraging patients to participate in support groups

  • Providing information on substance abuse and treatment plans

Where do behavioral health nurses work?

Behavioral health nurses often work in behavioral health inpatient, outpatient, or community health clinics. They may also work in psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, residential facilities for mentally disabled or developmentally delayed patients, and community-based shelters. Some work as liaisons in emergency rooms, acute care settings, and med-surg units that have patients experiencing behavioral health crises. There are also numerous behavioral health travel nursing opportunities available for short-term and long-term assignments.

What skills make a good behavioral health nurse?

Good behavioral health nurses possess superior assessment skills and a keen ability to recognize body language and other non-verbal cues of behavioral and mental health crises through their advanced knowledge of the behavioral sciences and mental illnesses. Their exceptional critical thinking and clinical judgment skills allow them to react quickly, calmly, and consistently to prevent self-harm or physical injuries to others. They have strong communication, active listening, and other interpersonal skills that allow them to excel at patient interaction within appropriate boundaries, making a profound difference in their patients’ lives. Open-mindedness, empathy, patience, and the ability to be assertive without being aggressive are vital qualities for a good behavioral health nurse.

How to become a Behavioral Health Travel Nurse

The first step towards a career as a behavioral health travel nurse is an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited nursing program. To become licensed, every state requires graduates to pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Certification in Basic Life Support is required and some positions require Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification and/or crisis prevention training. Most travel positions require one to two-plus years of previous experience and some want applicants to have previous travel experience.

Although certification in a nursing specialty area isn’t required, it’s encouraged. Logical certifications for consideration include Certified Addiction Registered Nurse through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board and/or board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification (PMH-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

What certifications are commonly hed by Behavioral Health nurses?

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Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Minneapolis, MN
    • 5x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
Registered Nurse - Psychiatry in Minneapolis,MN. If you are interested in this position, please contact your recruiter and reference Job #1062064 Why choose Host Healthcare? Beca ...
Travel
2 days ago

$7,408/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Burlington, VT
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
3 days ago

$3,440/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Arlington Height, IL
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Days
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
5 days ago

$3,380/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Baltimore, MD
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Flexible
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
3 days ago

$2,870/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Council Bluffs, IA
    • 5x8 hrs
    • Evenings
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
5 days ago

$2,760/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Portland, ME
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
The benefits of taking a travel nursing job with Cross Country Nurses include:Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance Comprehensive Health Insurance with Prescription Co ...
Travel
2 days ago

$2,685/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Falls Church, VA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
5 days ago

$2,685/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Falls Church, VA
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Days
  • Referral Bonus
We’re seeking talented healthcare professionals whose adventure game is as strong as their clinical game. Those that want flexibility and high pay, we have the positions fo ...
Travel
5 days ago

$2,685/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Rapid City, SD
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
We are looking for Psychiatric Registered Nurses to join our team in Rapid City, South Dakota!  If you are unable to start on the designated Start Date, please apply and discuss y ...
Travel
9 days ago

$2,683/wk

Travel Nurse RN - Psychiatric

  • Utica, NY
    • 3x12 hrs
    • Nights
RN Psychiatric 13 Weeks Bestica Healthcare has an immediate opening for the following position: RN Psychiatric in Utica, NY. This is a 13-week contract position that requi ...
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2 days ago

$2,669/wk